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Dungeon Survival Guide (3.x)

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This lavishly illustrated guide explores the fantastic dungeons of the fictional D&D world, from the perilous Tomb of Horrors to the Sunless Citadel and the Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth. Aimed at the novice dungeoneer, this book provides tips and tricks for surviving deadly dungeons of all sorts, enticing would-be dungeon explorers with stories of fabulous treasures guarded by fierce monsters and terrible traps!
 
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Product History
 
Dungeon Survival Guide (2007), by Bill Slavicsek and Christopher Perkins, is something of an odd beast. It's targeted at new players, aiming to be a beautiful full-color hardback of only 64 pages that introduces players to the vast array of classic dungeons that have been published over the decades. The producers seemed to be striving for somethig like the Practical Guide to Dragons, but targeted toward adults instead of kids. In this it succeeds. There are lots of superb illustrations, limited text, advice for new players, and a number of descriptions of classic adventuring locales.

Where it misses the mark, I think, is in not making it incredibly clear that the book doesn't have new RPG rules or mechanics in it. So, don't be surprised.
 
This book doesn't have new RPG rules or mechanics in it. It's not meant or intended for experienced players. This is what you give someone to introduce them to the hobby.

Back to Basics. This book breaks down the basics of an adventuring party as it walks the reader through demi-human races and what their heroes need to gear up for adventure. Witty comments from the iconic heroes abound. Different dungeon environments are described, along with traps and typical nefarious denizens. This is a book I can also see being handed to a relative or a parent who says, "How does that dungeon game work?" It introduces the hobby and gives a glimpse at the history behind it.

I Remember That Adventure! Famous and classic adventure sites tend to resonate in memory, retaining a certain amount of nostalgic love. Dungeon Survival Guide works to communicate that sense of wonder and nostalgia to new players. Locations such as the Tomb of Horrors, Castle Greyhawk, Castle Ravenloft, the Dungeon of the Slave Lords, and the Keep on the Borderlands are described. Since most of these are no longer in print, it's clear that the goal is to give new gamers a common language for discussing the hobby with more experienced players. 

Apples to Apples. Know what to expect; this is a trip down memory lane and a short introduction to the game. It's a shame that the original book was inaptly marketed, as it disappointed experienced gamers who were expecting something different. If you want a beautiful, art-rich book to introduce someone to the language and history of gaming, this is for you.

About the Creators. Christopher Perkins is a 15-year veteran of Wizards of the Coast and the most prolific adventure writer in Dungeon magazine's history.
 
Bill Slavicsek is the former Director of Roleplaying Design and Development at Wizards, and is currently a writer and content designer at Zenimax Online Studios.

About the Product Historian

History and commentary of this product was written by Kevin Kulp, game designer and admin of the independent D&D fansite ENWorld. Please feel free to mail corrections, comments, and additions to kevin.kulp@gmail.com.

 
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